You only lose what you cling to. -Buddha
The 12th challenge: De-clutter my room.
Why this Challenge?
Minimalism is a thing with design, having simple but impactful outcomes, however, the term can be used toward anything. One aspect people use it for is consumerism. In the extreme, some people live with only 100 items. That sounds like a lot at first but just think for a second. Plates, cutlery, shoes, clothes, pens, sheets, and towels, everything in their life. I don’t want that, but I think how attached we, as humans, get to our ‘stuff’ is crazy, as it can really hold you back. So, I make a sort of semi-regular habit of throwing out everything I don’t need. All of the things I own that are just taking up space.
As a result of this practice, which started as a necessity when I moved out of home, I have fewer things in my life. I find things in my room easier, as I don’t have random stuff filling up places it shouldn’t be, Additionally, going through belongings has the side effects of knowing where it all is, but also gives you a time for organizing it in a way your brain understands intuitively.
However, I have not done the practice in a while.
Went through my stuff, and selected the things I didn’t need. I then offered my housemates anything from the pile.
It is also good to note that while doing this, it is essential to embody a sort of ‘I don’t need it’ mindset. (Oh, and not get toooo distracted by all of the memories) A rule I have to help myself embody said mindset is that I am only allowed one sentimental item from each event. So, if I had a shell, as well as a souvenir keyring from a vacation that has never seen the light of day, I would have to prioritize which means more to me in regards to the holiday.
What did I throw out? Well, the main few things were a flask, an incense burner, old hair product, an alarm clock I never used and a face scrubber. They don’t sound like much, but there is a lot less clutter in my room as a result. (Both the physical room and my mental model of it)
What I’ve Learned.
For start, I have learned that doing the practice makes the practice less crucial. Not in the ‘throwing out stuff gives you less stuff’ way, although definitely that way, but more in the change of mindset. I have collected less stuff as a result of throwing things out, because I know how I work, I know what items are important to me, and I have less of a desire for items.
That doesn’t mean I don’t buy stuff. My brain is quite adept at convincing itself that one of its ‘wants’ is actually quite logical to buy. For example, I tend to buy the most expensive, or at least a more expensive than necessary Item because ‘it will last longer’ or ‘it is an investment’. An example would be my phone, a Galaxy s7.
But nonetheless, I am aware of it, and I am attempting prevention.